Staff Writer | Nicole Johnson
Time’s Up, a movement against sexual harassment, made its way onto the Oscars stage on March 4 as a platform to remind people to speak up and seek legal support if they have ever experienced sexual misconduct in the workplace.
Many attendees of the Golden Globes in January chose to dress in all black and wear “Time’s Up” pins to stand in solidarity for those who’ve been sexually assaulted or abused.
This movement, along with the #MeToo campaign, has been monumental in bringing light to something that some say has been going on in Hollywood for years.
The Time’s Up Twitter account, @TimesUpNow, carried over their campaign into Sunday night’s awards show by tweeting that this time, “our sisters will be wearing a festive array of colors” to reverse the “all black” campaign and represent the vast movement of women everywhere.
Many actresses like Viola Davis, Jennifer Garner and Salma Hayek wore bright gowns to show their support.
Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, both of whom accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, walked the red carpet together delivering a powerful message that perpetrators will be exposed for their actions.
“The changes we are witnessing is being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices, joining together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying, ‘time’s up’,” Judd said.
Judd was one of the first to speak out against Weinstein and encouraged many to speak openly about their experiences. Sorvino gave her account of the harassment from Weinstein back in October, just a few days after Judd. Last night Judd said, “I want people to know that this movement isn’t stopping.”
“We’re going forward until we have an equitable and safe world for women. And so we want to take our activism and our power and change things for any women, anywhere, working in any workplace,” Judd continued.
Annabella Sciorra, Judd and Hayek took the stage and delivered a message with the resounding theme: Time’s up. These three women pointed out that this is not just an issue that affects the movie industry. This year, many spoke the truth out about their experiences, but a new path seems to be emerging.
Judd shared her hope for the future in a moment on stage saying, “We will work together to make sure the next 90 years empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion, intersectionality. That’s what this year has promised us.”